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Sally Ann Shurmur arrived at the Star-Tribune to cover sports two weeks after graduating from the University of Wyoming and now serves as community news editor. She was raised in Laramie and is a passionate fan of Cowboys football, food and family.

On Monday night, the three of us — the friend, the dog and I — curled up in the living room like we do most evenings.

We watched the final college football game of the season, a season that began on Saturday, Aug. 25 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

I’ll not repeat here what I think the bowl season has become, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t watch nearly every bit of it.

Not watching never entered my mind.

I did expect Alabama to trounce its “lowly” opponent, who also entered the game undefeated.

We would have watched anyway, although maybe the friend would have left early and maybe I would have dozed in bed through the fourth quarter.

But this game — oh, this game — is why I watch hundreds of hours of college football every fall.

This game was everything — and does, indeed, show “why they play the game.”

My very favorite thing happened after the game, on the field, when Clemson coach Dabo Swinney looked in the camera and told Tom Rinaldi that anybody can do this. If you work hard, anybody can do this.

Cynics in Wyoming might say “anyone in a Power 5 conference,” but that’s not the point at this moment. The point at this moment is that I remember Boise State beating Oklahoma, I remember little private school Gonzaga dancing through March, I remember Maryland Baltimore County as a 16 seed knocking off a one seed last March.

It takes money and luck, great recruiting and better coaching. And there is absolutely no reason why Wyoming can’t have all four of those, in any sport.

So on Tuesday, I learned that there were 229 days from Tuesday until the first college football game of the 2019 season, on Aug. 24, in Hawaii of all places.

We won’t be there for that one, but we’ll be in Laramie the week following to watch the Wyoming Cowboys and the Missouri Tigers. I hope you will be as well.

So what can we do in 229 days?

What can’t we do?

If you want to change something, change it. Make a plan, say a prayer (if you want to) and change it.

If you want to keep doing exactly what you are doing, in all phases of your life, say a prayer (if you want to) and keep doing it.

But here’s an idea. Why not keep doing exactly what you are doing, but try to do it better?

If you sell widgets, sell one more widget.

If you teach kids, teach one kid better.

If you nurse people back to health, take more care with one patient.

If you have a family who loves you, love them back just a little more.

If a friend needs you, be there.

If the boss needs one more thing, do two.

Days and weeks and months will pass, and soon it will be Aug. 24. It’s not that hard.

The only hard thing is wondering what you did with all of that time you had.

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